Drink-drive arrest follows Queenstown jetboat crash


A MAN was processed for drink-driving just 15 minutes after police rescued him and his friend when their jet-boat got into difficulty in Queenstown.

Police and Coastguard were called to Kawarau Falls Bridge shortly before 11pm on Friday night.

A member of the public had spotted two men pushing a jetboat off some rocks, then travelling downstream before colliding with more rocks.

The pair – both in their early 20s – were found by CoastGuard at 11.24pm, about 100m downstream of the bridge, police say.

The boat had sustained some damage but the two men were uninjured.

“The males indicated they had been travelling up the river when they got caught out by low water and lack of light,” police say.

The vessel was equipped with flares, a radio and lifejackets.

A vehicle and boat trailer was nearby. However, as the pair had been drinking they were advised not to drive and to make other arrangements.

But 15 minutes later, the vehicle and boat trailer was stopped by police with one of the men behind the steering wheel.

“He failed a breath screening test and was processed for drink-driving,” police said.

The Queenstown harbour master has been advised of the boating incident.